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Understand the difference between the kind of criminal checks 

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Those individuals applying for a job that has any type of security concerns, are most likely to be asked to get a DBS check done at the time they apply for the vacancy. Subject to the what the job entails -and the security guidelines in the company or business, any one of the three checks will be asked for Basic, Standard or Enhanced DBS Check.   

Initially, the entire process of DBS checks may seem quite challenging to quite many people to understand. Whether you are a prospective employee that is keen to know about the disclosure process that might be required or an employer uncertain as to what kind of DBS check to request for potential employees, you can learn more by reading on.     

DBS Checks

Known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks is carried out to look if any individual has a criminal record. It is generally done upon a request from the concerned individual or sometimes it comes from the employer. It was formerly known as CRB Checks (Criminal Records Bureau) that was replaced in 2012 with DBS Checks. Employers use DBS checks at the time of hiring employees in positions that involve securing information or coming in contact with children or vulnerable adults, to ensure they have right type of employee for the position. A certificate is issued after the checks that contains all the important details of the checks. This certificate helps the employer decide if the individual is suited for the role. 

Basic DBS Checks

Apart from being the cheapest, as its name suggests offers basic information about an individual such as any unspent criminal convictions as per ROA (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act) 1974 form part of this check. If there are no convictions it will show the same.  Basic DBS Checks is the only kind of check that can be requested by the concerned individual themself, making it suitable for those that are self-employed. If an employer wants more detailed information about a prospective employee, they will have to register for any or both of the more advanced criminal background checks on behalf of the employee. 

Standard DBS Checks

These checks are more detailed in nature than a Basic Check. However, these can only be asked for positions that are included in the Exceptions Order of the ROA 1974. As it is a far more comprehensive level of screening, an applicant must offer their address and their id proof that will need prospective or current employer verification before submitting their application online.  Similar to a basic check, the report will reveal unspent convictions and also include reprimands, cautions and spent convictions.   

Enhanced DBS Checks

This is the highest kind of criminal record checks and is exclusively used for positions where employees will come in contact with children or vulnerable adults. As part of its process an Enhanced DBS Check includes all of the information offered by a standard check, along with extra checks of barred lists (when requested specifically). It also may include information from the local police, the department of health or the department of education and skills (where necessary).  

However, applying for an enhanced DBS check is only possible under the condition if an employer has made a specific request as per the guidelines of the ROA 1974. This is only feasible if the employer has offered the applicant the position or the employee is currently working with the employer. This kind of check is only necessitated when an employee will come into contact with vulnerable groups  and is mostly required for employment in the educational and medical fields. 

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